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A Message from Dr. Lewis E. Thayne 


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A few months ago, Tom Hanrahan, editor of this 
publication, asked me what I would like to be 
the focus of my first President's Report. Tom 
had a number of suggestions, all of them worthy. But 
I already knew what I wanted the report to focus on — 
interdisciplinary courses and research. 

I studied comparative literature at Rutgers and 
Princeton, so I am familiar with a comparative 
approach. What I observed at Lebanon Valley College, 
however, goes beyond a comparative approach. 
What I found extraordinary is the degree to which 
interdisciplinary academics are woven into the fabric 
of the College. So many faculty members are doing 
work between disciplines. Frankly, our faculty and 
students are working in some unlikely places. 

Equally interesting to me was how natural this 
interdisciplinary work seemed. Faculty and students 
seem surprised when I comment on their creativity, 
their level of involvement in working across boundaries 
that others are not, and what has been called the culture 
of innovation at the College. Innovation is clearly a part 
of the ethos of the College and it expresses itself initially 
as interdisciplinary study. 

Our history shows that this spirit of experimentation 
and innovation has existed since the founding of 
the College in 1866. Thomas Rhys Vickroy and 
Miles Rigor took a new approach to administration 
and welcomed female students into their newly 
founded institution. However, it is arguable that no 
academic innovation proved more influential than the 
introduction of student-faculty research by the late 
Dr. H. Anthony Neidig '43, H'04 in the summer of 
1949. At a time when undergraduate research in the 

sciences was almost non-existent, Dr. Neidig mentored 
his students to produce research worthy of publication 
and conference presentation. 

Today, as you will see in these pages, I am proud to 
note that the spirit of innovation and interdisciplinary 
study is found throughout the curriculum, crossing 
boundaries and exploring new territory for research. 

Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs 
and dean of the faculty, explains how interdisciplinary 
education occurs in four distinct areas of our 
curriculum. Faculty and student collaboration and 
innovation occur through interdisciplinary and 
self-designed majors, interdisciplinary general 
education, interdisciplinary programming, and 
interdisciplinary research. 

In the first area, interdisciplinary and self- 
designed majors, our students are taking an 
increasingly active role in deciding their personal 
academic paths. They work closely with our faculty 
to create self-designed majors such as the one crafted 
by Nikki Abbamont '14, entertainment business 
(highlighted within). 

The second area of interdisciplinary work occurs 
throughout our general education program. 
Specifically, there are three parts of interdisciplinary 
general education that enhance student learning 
and engagement: First- Year Seminars, disciplinary 
perspectives courses, and team- taught courses. 

Our First- Year Seminar series features alternative 
means of engaging new students in critical thinking 
through offering courses taught by faculty from across 
the curriculum. For our upper level students, we now 
require a disciplinary perspectives course that takes 


them out of their comfort level. In these classes, faculty 
challenge students to draw their own perspectives, and 
to approach and analyze issues from various points of 
view. And, the final area of interdisciplinary general 
education, team-taught courses, is one of my personal 
favorites because of its uniqueness and ability to 
transcend disciplines. These courses break down walls 
and create a collaborative community that benefits 
all students. They reflect the multifaceted world our 
students will encounter after they graduate. 

A third aspect of LVC s interdisciplinary nature 
as outlined by Dean Green is exemplified through 
interdisciplinary programming. Here, professors 
collaborate through the yearlong annual Colloquium. 
They plan speakers, films, debates, and other academic 



Marilyn Boeshore — Secretary, Office of Alumni 

Paula Gahres — Secretary, Office of Spiritual Life 
Dr. Donald Kline '66 — Associate Professor Emeritus 

of Education 
Walter Labonte — Adjunct Instructor for English, 

Director of the Writing Center 
Dr. Stephen MacDonald — President Emeritus 
Gertrude Nye — Facilities Services 
Ann Safstrom — Secretary, Department of Music 
Harry B.Yost, Esq., '62— Trustee Emeritus 
Rosemary Yuhas — Dean Emerita of Student Affairs 


The Rev. Dr. Gerald Kauffman '44, H'65— Former 

Member of the Board of Trustees 
The Rev. Dr. Millard J. Miller '28, H'50— Former 

Member of the Board of Trustees 
The Rev. Dr. Bruce Souders '44 — Former LVC 

Director of Public Relations 
Gregory G. Stanson '63, P'92, P'95— Vice President 

Emeritus of Enrollment and Student Services 

activities that involve numerous departments on 
campus. Faculty create courses designed around the 
Colloquium theme. The Suzanne H. Arnold Art 
Gallery works with the Colloquium committee to 
include art exhibits and events that have a connection 
to the Colloquium each year. 

Finally, interdisciplinary research abounds in 
almost every major and every department across 
campus. The level of research, which has grown 
dramatically in the past few years, was greatly 
enhanced through the generosity of Dr. E.H. Arnold 
H'87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold H'08. In 2011, 
the Arnolds provided funds to create The Edward 
H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program 
for Experiential Education. The Arnold Grants, as 
they are affectionately known on campus, support 
student-faculty research, independent student summer 
research, and independent student internships. 

During the first two years that the Arnolds 
have supported this program, almost two dozen 
student-faculty research projects, the vast majority 
interdisciplinary in nature, were started. These projects 
involve more than 25 percent of our faculty and 
almost 100 students. This research has been conducted 
in the U.S. and in England, Hungary, and Mexico. 

In addition to Ed and Jeannie, I would like to 
acknowledge all who committed valuable time and 
financial resources this past year. 

Central to the success of any and all of our goals is 
the financial support of our many alumni and friends. 
Foremost among these donors are the loyal members 
of The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Society. At the fall 2012 
Vickroy Dinner, I had the privilege of welcoming 
my first "class" of major donors into the prestigious 
Lifetime Vickroy Associates category, whose 
cumulative lifetime giving had exceeded $ 1 00,000. As 
a former, long-time vice president overseeing alumni 
and development operations at several colleges and 
universities, nothing gives me greater gratification than 
to meet the people who build the foundation for the 
dreams of our students and faculty. 

It was a privilege to welcome Edward D. Breen 
and Lynn M. Breen, Dr. William R. Higgins '64 and 
Judith Baker Higgins '64, Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger 

Lebanon Valley College 



Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president, enjoys some time with (I. to r.) Katie McDonald '14, Tyler Skroski '14, and Naked Khalil '13 
on the Academic Quad. 

and Steven J. Holsinger, John E Jurasits Jr. P'03 and 
Deborah R. Jurasits P'03, and Dr. Ralph E. Yingst '55 as 
our newest Lifetime Vickroy Associates. It was also my 
distinct pleasure to welcome James G. Glasgow Jr. '81 
and Patricia A. Glasgow as Provisional Lifetime Vickroy 
Associates, which recognizes those who execute a pledge 
instrument that will, when completed within a seven-year 
period of time, bring them to $100,000 lifetime giving. 

While these generous gifts are important to making 
Lebanon Valley College affordable, the thousands of 
other gifts of all sizes are important. Combined, they 
provide opportunities that would not otherwise be 
possible. Most importandy, these gifts help students 
pursue opportunities previously unavailable. 

Educators claim that a college s mission can change 
and evolve but not its essential culture. Our Middle 
States reviewers have referred to the culture of 
innovation they see at Lebanon Valley College. They 
also noted a culture of service to others. These attributes 
continue to make our institution a special place. 

Warmest Regards, 

Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, President 





Interdisciplinary Work is Not an Elective 

Multidisciplinarity is a mindset at LVC, where students and 
faculty regularly reach across departmental borders in courses, 
programming, and research projects that forge connections 
across intellectual disciplines. This collaborative spirit, however, is more 
than just collegial: it's fundamental to learning and, ultimately, to success 
in a world increasingly free of intellectual boundaries. 

"Taking a multidisciplinary approach to learning is not only an 
effective way to teach — it's the way life is," stated Michael Pittari, chair 
of art & art history and associate professor of art. "You have to be able 
to synthesize ideas from disparate sources, because that ability is at 
the core of an intellectually engaged life. It's an essential component 
of teaching and learning at LVC — and it's also where some of the 
edgiest, most interesting stuff on campus occurs." 



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professor of digital communications, look on. 

Covering All the Bases: 
Team-Teaching at LVC 

There may not be a more deliberate way to incorporate an 
interdisciplinary approach to a topic than to have a team of 
professors approach it from different perspectives. In fact, 
many of LVC s team-teaching professors report that discussing 
a topic in class from many different starting points is one of 
the best ways for them — and their students — to define and 
understand their subject matter. 

R||:evolution Records 

Since 2003, LVC has hosted an annual student-created and 
student-run music industry conference known as the LVC- 
MIC. Recently renamed the R|| revolution Music Conference 
(RMC), the conference has continued to grow in size and 
popularity, and in turn has inspired another multidisciplinary 
initiative on campus — R|| revolution Records. 

"The students came to me about starting a record label to go 
with the conference," said Jeff Snyder, professor of music and 
director of music business, who serves as faculty coordinator 

for both the music conference and the record label. "I told 
them that if they wanted to do it, they'd have to do the 
research, look at other college labels, do some interviews — 
and that kicked off an independent study project back in 
2010." The study group received a $5,000 grant through The 
Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for 
Experiential Education (Arnold Grant, see p. 22) in 201 1 to 
look further into the feasibility of setting up the label. 

As a result of their research, the students realized that the 
label shouldn't be housed in any one department, such as 
music. "The product that were selling is music, but this is a 
business," said Nikki Abbamont '14, one of the study-group 
members behind the label. "We can use students in finance, 
accounting, and business. We need digital communications 
students for the marketing, design, and web presence. English 
and journalism students could help out with press releases. We 
definitely didn't want it to be just a music class." 

The study group ultimately received faculty approval for the 
first designated interdisciplinary class, which will set up and 
operate the label. "IDS 199: R|| revolution Records" is being 
team- taught by Snyder and Mat Samuel, assistant professor of 
digital communications, for the first time this spring. Students 
in the class will prepare for the official release of albums during 



the annual conference in the fall when industry professionals 
from across the United States will be in attendance, creating a 
full 360-degree experience from beginning to end. "There is no 
other college or university that does this, and it is a credit to the 
vision and ingeniousness of the LVC students," Snyder said. 

The class has already attracted majors as diverse as music 
recording, music business, digital communications, business 
administration, and actuarial science, with more expected as 
the class becomes better known across campus. 

Samuel is glad his students have the opportunity to 
collaborate on the label project. "Digital communications 
students are involved in the promotional aspects — designing 
the website, the marketing materials — and working directly 
with the music business students in a collaborative way," he 
explained, adding that the work closely mirrors what the 
students will experience in their careers. "They'll be dealing 
with clients and colleagues from other departments. They'll 

have to work within the look and feel that each band wants to 
take on. Its very reflective of what they'll face when they go 
out into the industry." 

Latin American Literature and History 

Dr. Gabriela McEvoy, assistant professor of Spanish, and Dr. 
Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of history, are parallel- 
teaching courses this spring — "Central American Literature" 
and "Modern Latin America," respectively — that bring together 
their academic disciplines to provide a deeper exploration of 
Central American history and culture. This enrichment for 
students could ultimately culminate in a one-credit, weeklong 
study-abroad program in Costa Rica this summer. 

"Dr. Schroeder is teaching Central American history, and 
I'm teaching Central American literature," explained McEvoy. 
"When I teach the literature classes, I always include some 

Dr. Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of history, and Dr. Gabriela McEvoy, assistant professor of Spanish 



historical background or context, because you can't fully 
understand literature without a historical background." But 
Schroeder s deeper engagement with the areas history will 
enhance the students' understanding, McEvoy noted. "In Latin 
American studies, we look at the region in terms of its culture, 
history, and literature. I think sometimes we tend to divide up 
our disciplines, but in this class it's combined." 

Readings in each of the classes will focus on Costa Rica in 
preparation for the summer experiential trip, should enough 
students enroll. "We're reading fiction about ecotourism in 
the central province of Costa Rica," said McEvoy. "When we 
go there, the students can compare the fiction they've read to 
reality. We're talking about the economy too, so that when 
we're there, they'll have some context when we visit a coffee 
farm, which is the main product of Costa Rica." Students 
will stay in private homes to fully immerse themselves in the 
language and culture of the region. 

Symposium on a Living Philosopher 

Dr. Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy and 
chair of the Colloquium Committee; Dr. Jeff Bobbins, chair 
of religion and philosophy, professor of religion, and director 
of American studies; and Dr. Noelle Vahanian, associate 
professor of philosophy, are working together on a high-impact 
experience within their department. Their two-semester, 
team-taught course, "Symposium on a Living Philosopher," is 
structured to imitate graduate-level study in philosophy. 

"We wanted to create a year-long course that would be 
a sustained reading and writing project on one topic and 
one philosopher," explained Valgenti. "We decided to make 
it a team-taught course so students could see us having 
disagreements about the text, with our different approaches 
to the text highlighting differences in our expertise. And we 
decided to make it a course on a living philosopher so that we 
could bring the person in to give a lecture and meet with the 

The symposium, which is supported by an Arnold Grant, 
focuses on the work of French philosopher Catherine 
Malabou. "Her work is on the connection between philosophy 
and neurobiology, and she is someone who would appeal to 
our philosophy and religion majors, as well as strong students 
in psychology and biology," said Valgenti. 

The class hosted a Skype teleconference with Malabou 
last fall, during which students were able to engage her in 

discussions about her work. Malabou will also visit campus in 
April to offer a public lecture and meet with the class. At that 
point, the students will present their research and receive her 
comments on the work. 


• " American Thought and Culture": taught by Dr. Gary 
Grieve-Carlson, professor of English and director of 
general education, and Dr. Jeff Robbins, chair of religion 
and philosophy, professor of religion, and director of 
American studies 

• "Choral Literature and Methods": taught by Dr. Mary 
Lemons, professor of music and director of music 
education, Dr. Mark Mecham, chair, and Clark and Edna 
Carmean Distinguished Professor of Music 

• "Psychobiology Seminar": taught by Dr. Deanna Dodson, 
professor of psychology, and Dr. Stacy Goodman, 
professor of biology 

When One Department Just Isn't 
Enough: Interdisciplinary Majors 

To help students prepare for careers in a world that 
increasingly demands facility in multiple fields, the College has 
developed nine majors and one minor that cross traditional 
departmental boundaries. Here are two examples: 

Digital Communications 

The broad focus of the digital communications major is 
to teach students to create visionary media solutions for 
business and communications clients, including designing and 
developing webpages, coordinating multimedia advertising 
campaigns, creating coherent product brand identities, and 
planning and executing marketing plans. Students can choose 
to concentrate in one of four areas within the major: design, 
business, communications, or computer science. 

Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and associate professor of digital 
communications, acknowledges that designing the curriculum 
for an interdisciplinary major can be a challenge. "It runs the 



Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and associate professor of digital communications, 
teaches in the programs technology-enabled classroom. 

risk of being scattered," he warned. "But these wildly disparate 
fields, if you look at them together, reveal remarkably interesting 
ideas, and thats one of the real advantages I see in this 
curriculum. We want to create accomplished interdisciplinary 
thinkers who can see how these fields work together. 

"For us, its a methodology of creating teams that find 
out what real people want and how real people interact with 
systems; then attempting to design products and systems that 
meet those needs and interactions. 

"Ultimately, the interdisciplinary nature of the digital 
communications field itself drives the curriculum," Ritchie 
said. "If you were to set about creating an advertising 
campaign, you would have to understand the business 
elements, be able to write clear copy, create convincing 
videos, and use technology to program a website that would 
support competent and enabling interactions," he noted. "The 
intersection of disciplines is where you find creativity." 

Ritchie sees the plan working. "It seems that the industry 
really values this interdisciplinary approach," he said. "Our 
students have been remarkably successful at securing jobs 
pretty quickly in our field." 

Actuarial Science 

Another popular interdisciplinary major at LVC is actuarial 
science. "This major is an interesting and powerful 
combination of actuarial science, math, business, and 
economics courses," said Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair and associate 
professor of mathematical sciences. "We've managed to 
produce a major that uses a very liberal arts approach to a pre- 
professional program, and its a great example of integrating the 
liberal arts and the pre-professional in a really powerful way. 

"Whether they're math courses or actuarial science 
courses, we focus on developing skills," he explained. "We 
teach students to read, analyze problems, and communicate 
solutions to other people. That makes our students able to 
work on their own, as well as study for and succeed on the 
actuarial exams and in the workplace after they graduate." 


• Actuarial Science (actuarial science, business, 
economics, and math) 

• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (biology and 

• Digital Communications (business, English 
communications, computer science, and design) 

• Historical Communications (business, digital 
communications, English, and history) 

• International Studies (art history, economics, English, 
music, philosophy, political science, religion, and 

• Music Business (accounting, business, economics, 
and music) 

• Music Recording Technology (math, music, music 
business, music recording technology, and physics) 

• Psychobiology (biology and psychology) 

• Self-Designed major (must incorporate at least two 

• American Studies minor (American studies, history, 
music, philosophy, political science, religion, and 

10 Lebanon Valley College 


LVC's approach has proven to be effective. The employment rate for LVC 
actuarial science graduates is essentially 100 percent. "If you look around this 
country for actuarial science programs that can compete with LVC's, you're 
going to be looking for a long time," Yarnall said. "And if you're looking at 
small liberal arts schools, you won't find any. Because we combine the technical 
and liberal arts into the curriculum, this program is the best in the nation." 

Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair and associate professor of mathematical 
sciences, with Robert Hosier '13 (1.) and John Makatche '13 


LVC's mathematics and computer science 
majors are unique in that they are intentionally 
structured to be interdisciplinary. "The math 
major has a relatively small number of required 
courses compared to traditional math majors 
around the country," said Dr. Ken Yarnall, chair 
and associate professor of mathematical 
sciences. "We do that so we can encourage 
students to combine that major with other 
majors on campus. We have quite a few 
double majors and major-minor combinations. 
I think that acknowledges the value of an 
education at a place like this. LVC's math 
majors are primarily students who want 
to earn an undergraduate degree and then 
pursue a career, so it would be a disservice 
to design blindly a major that prepares them 
for graduate work in mathematics. The 
computer science major is interdisciplinary in 
the sense that it combines significantly more 
mathematics with the computer science core 
than at a typical school. We've done that for 
the same reason — that combination has profit 
for those intellectual skills. 

"We want to prepare our students for 
a profession, and we think that those 
fundamental liberal arts skills are the best 
preparation for a career in almost anything. 
And our students enjoy careers all over the 
country" Yarnall added, noting that over the 
last 15 years, the rate of employment for 
LVC math majors in careers of their choice 
immediately after graduation was roughly 90 
percent. "I think it's because we've managed 
to incorporate the liberal arts — that ability 
to think, reason, and communicate material 
that's really difficult. We prepare students 
to continue to succeed after they graduate," 
he said. 



Blazing Their Own Paths: 
LVC's Self-Designed Majors 

It's not unusual for a student s interests and ambitions to 
expand outside departmental boundaries. Many LVC students 
adapt to this natural occurrence by picking up second majors, 
or a minor or two. Others, like Nikki Abbamont '14 and 
DllStin Kerns '09, choose to work closely with faculty advisors 
to develop a major of their own. Thinking carefully about 
their interests and career plans, especially in collaboration with 
professors in their fields, can yield exceptionally fruitful results. 

Nikki Abbamont '14: Entertainment Business 

Abbamont came to LVC as a music major, but quickly realized 
that she wanted to explore more of the industry. "I found I 
was more interested in the whole aspect of popular culture," 
she noted. "I thought the marketing and promotions side of 
the entertainment industry was extremely interesting, and I 
wanted to focus on the music business side." Her dream job: 
marketing for a live entertainment promoter or record label. 


• Biochemical Industrial Marketing 

• Early Childhood Education in the Community 

• Entertainment Business 

• Human Resource Management 
in the Social Sciences 

• Industrial Chemistry 

• Investment Management 

• Marketing Communications 

• Mathematical Business Analysis 

• Mathematics of Finance 

• Multimedia Production 

• Nutritional Psychology 

Social Media Communication 

To get there, Abbamont developed a curriculum in 
collaboration with Dr. David Rudd, Eugene C. Fish 
Distinguished Chair of Business and professor and chair of 
business and economics, and Jeff Snyder, professor of music 
and director of music business. "I chose classes that I knew 
would help me in the future and left a lot of room for other 
classes in digital communications and sociology that I thought 
would benefit me in the long run," she said. "I actually 
combined every requirement for the business major except for 
two classes, then added the music business classes." 

Abbamont is currently applying for an internship with Live 
Nation and hopes her work with the R|| revolution Music 
Conference (RMC) and newly formed R|| revolution Record 
Label (see page 7) will help her to earn a position. 

Dustin Kerns '09: Internationa! Business 

Kerns is a recent graduate who took the development of a self- 
designed major to the extreme. "My time studying abroad in 
Spain during the summer following 
my sophomore year really ignited 
my passion for living abroad and 
developing my understanding of 
the world," wrote Kerns by email 
from Seoul, South Korea, where 
he was teaching English and 
studying Korean. "From that time, 
I knew my future would require 
linguistic diversity, international 
understanding, and business 

acumen, and an international business major encompassed all 
these points. The educational diversity definitely encouraged a 
global curiosity and has allowed me to plan for the future with 
fewer education-based limitations." 

Kerns designed his major with the help of Dr. David Rudd, 
Eugene C. Fish Distinguished Chair of Business and professor 
and chair of business and economics, and Dr. Diane Johnson, 
chair of history and political science and associate professor 
of political science. In the end, Kerns enrolled in all of the 
courses required for a business administration major, adding in 
a series of political science classes and a minor in Spanish. He 
also carried a second major in accounting and a second minor 
in political science, all while participating for four years as a 
member of the mens basketball team. 

Dustin Kerns '09 



Dr. Juan Martinez 

Dr. Deanna Dodson 

After graduation, Kerns worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers 
for two years before traveling to Seoul, where he worked for 
18 months. In January, he accepted another position with 
PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne, Australia, and plans to 
do some volunteer work in India as well as visit South America 
before returning to graduate school in the fall for a master s 
degree in international relations. 

Encouraging Depth and Breadth of 
Thought: LVC's General Education 

LVC s General Education Program supports the College s 
commitment to the classical — and interdisciplinary — 
liberal arts education. Designed to promote articulate 
communication, intellectual curiosity, careful thought, broad- 
based educational competence, and an openness to difference, 
the programs requirements include: five courses in English and 
written communications; four courses in cross-cultural studies, 
including two in a foreign language; eight courses falling 
within the Colleges Liberal Studies designation; and a junior- 
or senior-year Disciplinary Perspectives class. 

First- Year Seminars 

LVC freshmen may opt to fulfill their first-semester writing 
requirement by enrolling in a Fir,st-Year Seminar. These 
introductory-level courses tend to be exceptionally broad 
in their focus as they explore the intersection of popular 
culture with the topic under consideration. 

(1. to r.): Dr. Mary Pettice, Dr. Anderson Marsh, and 
Dr. Catherine Romagnolo 


Last fall, incoming LVC freshmen could choose from 23 different 
First-Year Seminars, including the following: 

• "Obsessed": A look at the many ways in which individual 
obsessions can intersect with broader social and cultural 
concerns; taught by Dr. Juan Martinez, assistant professor 
of English 

• "Man Up/Act Like a Lady": An exploration of the images and 
representations of what it means to be a man or a woman in 
contemporary society; taught by Dr. Catherine Romagnolo, 
associate professor of English 

• "Going Viral: Social Media and Digital Technology": Examining 
the impact of new media platforms on literacy, education, 
community interaction, journalism, democracy, and creativity; 
taught by Dr. Mary Pettice, associate professor of English 

• "Life in the Universe": A look at the emerging field of 
astrobiology, which encompasses astronomy, biology, 
physics, and chemistry, in an attempt to understand the 
origins of life; taught by Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate 
professor of chemistry and director of the chemistry track for 

• "Happiness": A discussion of what makes us happy versus 
what we think makes us happy; taught by Dr. Michelle 
Niculescu, assistant professor of psychology, and 

Dr. Deanna Dodson, professor of psychology 



Last fall, Dr. Juan Martinez, assistant professor of English, 
taught a First- Year Seminar that examined the role of 
obsessions in people s lives and personalities, as well as in a 
broader social or cultural context. Like all First- Year Seminars, 
"Obsessed" was a writing-intensive class: "Our readings used 
cultural studies and technology and popular culture, but the 
point was to let students learn how to go about writing about 
themselves," he said. "We were basically encouraging students 
to take ownership of their own interests and obsessions." 

Martinez encouraged his students to look for linkages 
across the readings. "I tried to let students know that they 
already have a command of a great deal of knowledge, and 
that they can actually make the connections themselves," he 
said. "Giving them this latitude allowed them to break out 
of the mold where they were wanting to give me what they 
thought I wanted to hear. It has been great letting them have 
the authority to speak eloquently and interestingly about the 
things they love. 

"The students realized that there is this entire world that 
they have complete knowledge of — their own lives." 

Disciplinary Perspectives 

LVC s General Education Program requires all students to take 
a Disciplinary Perspectives (DSP) seminar in their junior or 
senior year. These capstone classes incorporate the viewpoints 
of at least two disciplines and offer students the opportunity to 
apply what they've learned in their majors to the analysis of a 
complex issue. 

Dr. Philip Benesch, associate professor of political science, 
is teaching the DSP course "Marx and Marxism" this spring. 
He noted that these upper-level classes tend to attract a broad 
range of majors. "We get a lot of music, sociology, history, and 
political science majors in this class," he noted. "Having people 
from so many different backgrounds and majors sometimes 
means that the students take a while to meld together as a 
class, but I try to get them to take responsibility for directing 
the class and presenting the material in their own voices, in 
ways the whole class can understand. 

"It's a balancing act," he admitted. "But I'm very committed 
to the notion of interdisciplinarity. That s what should lie at 
the heart of the liberal arts college — to try and make education 
accessible to all within the College. Rather than locking up 

political ideas within the political science major, I want all 
ideas to be something students can investigate." 

Benesch's commitment to the broad, interdisciplinary liberal 
arts canon also serves him well as the advisor for LVC's pre- 
law minor. "We kept it a minor deliberately," he explained. 
"Law schools tell me they want to see a diversity of liberal 
arts backgrounds — political science, history, philosophy." 
Designating pre-law as a minor also makes it an option for 
students who wouldn't be able to carry two majors. "Since 
we set this up in 2006, we've added business ethics, visual 
communications, and information law, which looks at 
copyright and intellectual property requirements," he said. 
"We're trying to enable students to come from a diversity of 
disciplines and hopefully give them better information about 
what they might anticipate in law school." 


The 20th-century World 

American Science and Technology 


The American Presidency 

Atomic Bomb: History, Science, and Culture 

Color and Culture 

Death, Dying, and Beyond 

European Union Simulation 

Film and the American Identity 

The Holocaust: A Case Study 

Issues in Contemporary Europe 

Marx and Marxism 

Myths and Their Meaning 

Paranormal Phenomena 

Political Philosophy 

The Search for Jesus 

Video Games: History, Theory, and Sociology 


Dr. Michael Kitchens, assistant professor of psychology, experiences "HAPPINESS" with (L to r.) Megan Kemmler '14, Cristian McCardell '14, 
Maurissa Laudeman '13, and Emily Johansen '15 in the Psychology Department Library. 

Gathering Together: 
Interdisciplinary Programming 

LVC s emphasis on multidisciplinary study extends well 
beyond the classroom, with events designed to get students, 
faculty, and staff to reach beyond their departments in 
discussion of a broad-reaching topic. 

The Colloquium Series 

Perhaps the most visible of the Colleges extracurricular 
interdisciplinary programming is its annual Colloquium 
Series, an integrated collection of guest speakers, roundtable 
discussions, films, exhibits, and courses that centers 
on one topic. This years Colloquium Series focuses on 
"HAPPINESS," concluding a three-part series, "Health, 
Wealth, and Happiness." 

"The Colloquium is co-curricular and cross-curricular," 
said Dr. Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy 
and chair of the Colloquium Committee. "The idea is to get 
students and faculty — the whole LVC community — including 
people in the Annville area, to think about a certain topic and 
bring their own interests and expertise to bear on that topic. It 
also gives us the opportunity to bring a wide array of speakers 
and films to campus that normally wouldn't be available." 

Colloquium Courses 

LVC faculty always offer courses in collaboration with the 
years Colloquium theme. Each fall, several First- Year Seminars 
are dedicated to the theme, and at least one disciplinary 
perspectives course connects to the Colloquium theme each 

This spring, Dr. Michael Kitchens, assistant professor 
of psychology, is teaching "HAPPINESS," a disciplinary 
perspectives course relating to this years Colloquium topic. A 
broad variety of majors are represented in this capstone course 
for juniors and seniors, including early childhood education, 
business, English, art & art history, psychology, history, and 
mathematical sciences. "Were thinking about happiness in 
a number of different ways," Kitchens said. "Were looking 
at religious or spiritual aspects, money and economics in 
relationship to happiness, sociological and cultural aspects of 
happiness, and of course the psychological angle." 

Kitchens noted that this kind of multidisciplinary 
examination of a topic is central to a liberal arts education. 
"What really marks an educated person is that he or she can 
converse intelligently across a number of different disciplines," 
he said. "At LVC we try to get students to touch base with 
many different areas." 

It's good for faculty too, Kitchens noted. "Everybody can 
be in their own departments talking about their own topics, 



but we can all draw on this common Colloquium theme from 
different perspectives so we re not working in these kinds of 
silos," he said. 

Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery 

The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery is another key partner in 
bringing the Colloquium Series and other multidisciplinary 
activities to life on campus. Dr. Barbara McNlllty, director of 
the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, collaborates with Michael 
Pittari, chair of art & art history and associate professor of 
art, on courses and exhibitions that tie into the Colloquium 
theme. The two also work with faculty from across campus 
to integrate the Gallery into the curriculum. "One of the 
missions of the Gallery is to have as many people as possible 
from the community and College become involved in what s 
going on here," McNulty explained. 

Participating in the annual Colloquium is central to that 
mission. Last year s Colloquium theme was "Money," and the 
Gallery mounted a partner exhibition titled, "Money, Art, and 
the Art of Money." A fall 2012 exhibition, "A Feast for the 
Eyes," was designed to dovetail with this year s Colloquium 
theme, "HAPPINESS." 

Dr. Walter Patton, assistant professor of chemistry, with (1. to r.): 
Halley Washburn 73, Amelia Capuano '14, Alyssa Shultz '14, and 
Austin Hornberger '16 in Neidig-Garber 

In association with next years theme, "Revolution," Dr. Grant 
Taylor, associate professor of art history, is working with 
McNulty to curate an exhibition of computer-generated 
artwork, titled "The American Algorists: Linear Sublime." The 
four artists featured in the exhibition — Manfred Mohr, Jean- 
Pierre Hebert, Mark Wilson, and Roman Verostko — will visit 
LVC next year to lecture and meet with students. 

Taylor and McNulty are already working with departments 
such as mathematical sciences, digital communications, 
computer science, and education to develop opportunities to 
engage a diversity of students in next years Gallery events. 

Extending the Boundaries of the 
Known: Student-Faculty Research 

Certainly taking a multidisciplinary approach to education 
makes sense at a liberal arts college, where instilling breadth 
and depth of thought are central to its mission. But LVC 
extends this undertaking into the science lab as well, where 
undergraduates are regularly offered the opportunity not just 
to learn, but to work with faculty to extend knowledge in their 
fields — and in fields that may seem unrelated to theirs. "Cross- 
discipline research simply accelerates discovery," said Dr. 
Jennifer Wood Kanupka '01, assistant professor of education. 
"Students learn through this process that they can accomplish 
great things when there are more minds with different focuses 
or different areas of expertise looking at the problem." 

Disappearing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap 
Between Chemistry and Biology 

In recent years, a team of faculty and student researchers has 
been exploring several questions linking the fields of chemistry 
and biology. The right combination of ideas, people, and 
funding, all at the right time, has helped establish productive 
partnerships within the Neidig-Garber Science Center. The 
key element in this formula was a three-year grant from a 
foundation created by Merck and the American Association 
for the Advancement of Science (Merck- AAAS) to support 
undergraduate research that bridges the traditional disciplines 
of chemistry and biology. 

"We tried to be innovative in making connections where 
chemists would be working closely on questions with 


Dr. Courtney Lappas, assistant professor of biology, with Justin Weilnau '13 
and Sarah Black '14 

biologists, rather than in two parallel camps that might 
be related," said Dr. Walter Patton, associate professor of 
chemistry, director of biochemistry and molecular biology, 
and author of the Merck-AAAS proposal. "I knew that we had 
people in chemistry who were working with nanoparticles and 
people in biology who could look for their effects on cells. 
Bringing together their expertise just made sense." 

Initially, the work involved the research groups of 
Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate professor of chemistry, 
and Dr. Courtney Lappas, assistant professor of biology. 
Dr. Rebecca Urban, assistant professor of biology, later joined 
the project to look at the effect of nanoparticles on aquatic 
plants. Patton also joined the efforts, looking at how protein- 
capping agents may influence nanoparticle effects on cells. 
"It has really been a beneficial collaboration," Patton noted, 
adding that the Marsh, Lappas, and Patton groups recently 
published a joint paper in the "Journal of Applied Toxicology." 

"Such cross-disciplinary research is good for science, but its 
also good for the students doing the work," explained Marsh. 
"They get to see multiple approaches to a project. It allows 

them to take a step back and look at their own approach and 
see how they can improve, so they get a new perspective on 
how a problem can be addressed." 

"The collaborative nature of the research is important 
because, especially in the sciences, there really is no discipline 
that functions in isolation anymore," added Lappas. "There 
is an incredible amount of overlap between the biological 
sciences and the biomedical sciences. A lot of our students 
are interested in graduate or professional programs, especially 
in biomedical sciences, and that means they need to think in 
terms broader than just straight biology or straight chemistry. 
Being able to see more aspects of what goes into a given 
project can't help but be advantageous." 

Austin Hornberger '16 

Last year, Austin Hornberger '16 had the opportunity to 
collaborate with an LVC professor on a scientific research 
project — even before he had graduated from high school. The 
then North Schuylkill School District senior wanted to become 
involved in a meaningful science project. He and his high 
school science teacher contacted Dr. Walter Patton, associate 
professor of chemistry and director of biochemistry and 
molecular biology, for ideas. 

"Austin knew he liked chemistry and biochemistry, but he 
wasn't really sure what he wanted to do," said Patton. "He and 
his teacher, Betty Terry, came down for the afternoon and we 
talked about a project that dealt with the analysis of potential 
new sources of biof uels. What we put together for Austin was 
evaluating and refining a green method for him to assess the 
biofuel potential of plant materials." 

Hornberger worked on the project throughout the year, 
and even submitted his work for a scholarship competition. 
Although he didn't get the scholarship award, his February 
2011 presentation of that work won first place in the high 
school division of the Annual Poster Competition held by the 
Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society at 
Temple University. "It was a great experience for Austin to be 
involved in a project in high school" said Patton. "He is enrolled 
in our freshman chemistry lab courses this year, and I think his 
research experience is continuing to provide real insight into 
how to work and think in a laboratory." 




Abigail Skelton '14 

"Abigail is an example of someone who has a really mature 
mathematical way of viewing things," said Dr. Scott Walck, 
chair and professor of physics. "As you're talking to her, she'll 
stop you and say, 'Wait, what does that mean? What did you 
mean by that?' She's listening for clarity and building a model 
in her head of what these objects are doing. That's really 

Skelton, a double major in mathematics and German, has 
worked for two summers with LVC's Mathematical Physics 
Research Group and last fall won a prestigious Waldemar 
J.Trijitzinsky Memorial Award, given by the American 
Mathematical Society to just seven students in the U.S., 
including students from University of California, Berkeley and 
The Pennsylvania State University. 

Asking What's Possible: The Mathematical 
Physics Research Group 

Dr. David Lyons, professor of mathematical sciences, and 
Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics, lead a 
student-faculty team of researchers known as the Mathematical 
Physics Research Group (MPRG), which for several years has 
been studying the area of quantum information science. This 
interdisciplinary field, which incorporates mathematics, physics, 
computer science, and engineering, studies the relationships 
between quantum mechanics and information processing. 

The group recently was awarded a three-year, $273,975 
grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support 
of its project, "Structure and Local Equivalence of Stabilizers 
and States." This is the third consecutive NSF grant the group 
has earned, totaling more than $700,000 in support. Student 
researchers have co-authored numerous papers and delivered 
presentations at national conferences. Last spring, the group 
also received an Arnold Grant in support of this project. 

"A lot of what we've done is an attempt to understand what s 
possible," Walck explained. That's where it gets interesting 
to involve both mathematics and physics. "There are big 
differences in the way math and physics students approach 
the problem. Math is all about precision and abstraction. The 
mathematicians natural desire is to be precise with language 
and to be careful and clear. A physicist s more common mode 
of operating is to calculate things." 

Like other student-faculty research projects at LVC, the 
MPRG gives undergraduates the opportunity to experience 
what it's like to do investigative work with a senior scientist. 
"This is the way science functions all over the world," said 
Lyons. "You have senior scientists who are investigating 
something, and then junior scientists who are assisting 
them — but in our case it's undergraduates. When the late 
Dr. H. Anthony "Tony" Neidig '43, H'04 started doing such 
research in the 1940s and 1950s in chemistry, it was absolutely 
groundbreaking — it was unheard of to do real research with 
undergraduates. But he was very successful, and we're building 
on that tradition and that success." 

Five students worked with the MPRG last summer: 
Ian Bond '14 (physics), Anthony Hoover '14 (physics and 
mathematics), Kelsey Moore r 14 (actuarial science), Oliver 
Lyons '13 (physics and actuarial science), and Abigail Skelton '14 
(mathematics and German). Lyons is gratified by the growth 
he has seen in the students. "It's pretty exciting because it 
happens so fast," he said. "First, it's just the thought that they 
might do research in the summer, which many of them haven't 
ever thought of. Then when they start to think about problems 
for which no one knows the answer to, they suddenly get a 
much bigger picture of the world. 

"Not all of our students get results and become co-authors, 
but the ones who do, experience this terrific thrill — and there 
really is no greater thrill — of discovering something that no 
one knew before," Lyons added. "A number of the students 
who came to work with us had never thought of themselves as 
researchers, but they've changed their direction and are going on 
to graduate programs. We showed them a side of themselves that 
they hadn't seen, and they find that they like it and are pursuing 
it." Lyons added that this January, four of this year's five students 
presented their work at an undergraduate research poster session 
during the joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society 
and the Mathematical Association of America in San Diego, 
Calif. Skelton was unable to participate because she was in 
Berlin for a semester abroad. 

Oliver Lyons f 1 3 

Oliver Lyons '13, son of Dr. David Lyons, professor of 
mathematical sciences, is a double major in actuarial science 
and physics, with minors in chemistry and mathematics. He's 
been involved with the MPRG since last summer. "Oliver 



has strong computer skills and that was very helpful to us," 
explained Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics. "He 
was never dissuaded by what might appear to be a difficult 
computer problem. He was always ready to start coding and 
see where it went. That was helpful to the group because 
there are lots of times when we'll have an idea, but we need to 
do computer experiments that involve calculation just to see if 
some of our ideas can really pan out." 

Oliver Lyons is no stranger to summer research. Among 
other papers he has co-authored, he was lead author on a 
paper describing research into nanoparticle behavior conducted 
in association with Dr. Anderson Marsh, associate professor 

of chemistry. The paper, "Synthesis, Characterization, and 
Reaction Studies of a PVP-Capped Platinum Nanocatalyst 
Immobilized on Silica," was published in the American 
Chemical Society journal "Langmuir" in 2010. 

Learning from Each Other: Education and Physical 
Therapy Join Forces for Autistic Children 

With students from their respective departments, Dr. Katie 
Oriel, associate professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Cheryl 
George, co-chair and professor of education, have been 
collaborating on research projects since Oriel joined the faculty 

Dr. David Lyons, professor of mathematical sciences, (front, 1.) and Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics, (front, r.) analyze a problem with 
members oftheMPRG, (1. to r.) Ian Bond '14, Abigail Skelton '14, Kelsey Moore '14, Anthony Hoover '14, and Oliver Lyons '13, in the Kiyofumi 
Sakagachi Math Library. 



(front, i. to r.): Kylee Zeisloji 77, D'13 and Kelsie Noel '11, D'13; (center, I. to r.): Natalie Horrocks '14 and Dr. Cheryl George; 
(back, 1. to r.): Dr. Jennifer Wood Kanupka VI, Dr. Katie Oriel, and Jennie Upton '15. Coach Mary Gardner, head coach of 
mens and women's swimming, had several members of her teams in the pool to add some "splash" to the photo. 


in 2005. They Ve published several papers examining the effect 
of aerobic exercise on the behavior of children with Autism 
Spectrum Disorder. 

Dr. Jennifer Wood Kanupka '01, assistant professor of 
education, has joined the work since George took on the 
responsibilities of co-chairing both the Education Department 
and the steering committee that prepared the College s 
reaccreditation evaluation by the Middle States Commission 
on Higher Education. Most recently, Oriel, Kanupka, and a 
team of student researchers looked at the impact of aquatic 
exercise on the sleep habits of children with autism, finding 
that participants fell asleep faster and slept longer after 
exercise. The team is currendy submitting papers reporting the 
findings to peer-reviewed journals. 

Oriel and Kanupka each witnessed significant cross- 
disciplinary learning among the student researchers, with 
physical therapy students gaining valuable experience managing 
the behavior of children with disabilities and education students 
learning how to administer adaptive exercise programs. "The 
two departments complemented each other in the study," 
Kanupka said. "It was a very natural process." 

Such collaboration will no doubt pay off for the students in 
the workplace, George said. "We're preparing our education 
majors to go into school systems where most people will have 
a team-focused approach," she noted. "Many kids with autism 
have physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech 
and language pathologists on their team, so this project gave 
students an opportunity to have a positive experience with that 
kind of interaction." 

The same goes for the physical therapy students, added 
Oriel. "Physical therapists work closely with teachers in 
school-based settings. It's our hope that this experience will 
better prepare them for those interactions, because our goal is 
ultimately the same — when they graduate, these students are 
all going to be working with kids with disabilities." 

Last year the research team presented its findings at the 
convention of the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional 
Children and at the Combined Sections Meeting of the 
American Physical Therapy Association. The faculty researchers 
were thrilled at how well the students handled what could 
have been uncomfortable pressure. "Natalie Horrocks '15 and 
Jennie Upton '15 went with me to the Pennsylvania Council 
for Exceptional Children conference," Kanupka said. "They 
had prepared an educational poster, and as we were there, 

people came up to them and asked about their research, 
commenting that they hadn't realized that LVC had a graduate 
program. The students then explained that they were just 
sophomores! It was great to see that they could stand up and 
talk about the information as well as they did." 

Looking at the Process: Studying the 
Fundamentals of Student-Faculty Collaboration 

Sometimes a research collaboration takes on surprising mid- 
course dimensions. Last year, Dr. Jeff Ritchie, chair and 
associate professor of digital communications, and Dr. Michael 
Lehr, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, gathered 
a team of student researchers to look into developing a digital 
textbook for physical therapy students. They had in mind 
a tablet-based compilation of videos and 3-D illustrations 
that would help physical therapy students select and perform 
therapeutic techniques and interventions in the clinic. 

But as the team began its preliminary research, it found 
that physical therapy students don t typically use textbooks, 
relying on notes and handouts from their professors instead, 
and so were unlikely to adopt the e-text. So the team instead 
developed a product the therapy students said they could use: 
a web app that enables them to practice and develop their 
clinical decision-making skills. The app is currently in testing. 

One aspect of the research project that was especially 
interesting to the group, Ritchie noted, was the actual process 
of collaboration. "We learned some valuable lessons about 
working in interdisciplinary teams," he said. "How do two 
groups, who speak vastly different languages and approach 
problems from vastly different perspectives, work together? 
How do you set up these groups so they can collaborate and 
accomplish these goals?" 

What the team learned is useful to all cross-disciplinary 
work: that collaborators must place a priority on defining 
roles, basic mechanics, and outcomes. "You need to set aside 
time in which all parties can interact," Ritchie stated. "A lot 
of it is having a much clearer concept of what is going to be 
built. Initially we'd proposed this compendium of videos that 
showed how to perform these interventions, but the students 
don't actually use textbooks like we think of them. So clearly 
establishing what the scope is up front, and not straying from 
that, is key." So is clearly defining terms. "Any professional will 
talk in his or her own terminology and it can be a barrier to 



collaboration," Ritchie noted. "You have to schedule in time in 
which each member of the team learns the others language." 
Ritchie and Lehr have recently written and submitted a poster 
on the subject and are preparing a manuscript that explores the 
pedagogical and curricular issues surrounding interdisciplinary 
faculty-student projects. 

Ritchie s insight into the practice of collaboration also 
informs his work as a member of LVCs Sustainability Advisory 
Committee, an interdisciplinary group that advises the College 
community on issues related to environmental sustainability. 
"It s been remarkably rewarding, because even though we 
come from different disciplines and speak different languages, 
our focus is on sustainability — this one central idea," he 
said. "We have people from biology, economics, facilities — a 
combination of academic disciplines and administrative 
functions — and a number of students who participate." 

The Arnold Program for Experiential Education 

In 2011 , Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy 
Arnold H'08, longtime friends of the College, created a fund to 
support a wide range of student-faculty collaborations on and 
off campus. The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold 
Program for Experiential Education awards up to $50,000 
each year in support of student-faculty research, independent 
student summer research, and independent internships for LVC 
students in grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. The Arnold 
Grants, as they've become known, have been central to the 
success of many of the projects profiled in this report. 

Funds are awarded through a systematic process overseen 
by Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and 
dean of the faculty, and the Arnold Grant Selection Committee, 
which includes faculty representatives from the three major 
academic divisions. Dr. Owen Moe f chair and Vernon and 
Doris Bishop Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, represents 



the science division; Dr. Renee Norris, associate professor 
of music, represents the humanities division; and Dr. David 
Setley, assistant professor of business administration, 
represents the social science division. Sharon Givler, director 
of career services, evaluated the internship applications. 

"We want to provide high impact experiences for the 
students," Green said. "Student-faculty research across the 
curriculum is a hallmark signature of the College. We are 
thrilled to have so much interest in a program that places 
academics front and center." 

For more information about the Arnold Program for 
Experiential Education, visit 

Getting Creative: Interdisciplinary 
Projects That Enrich the World 

Lebanon Valley College offers fertile ground for creative 
interdisciplinary projects that tap into the breadth and depth 
of talent on campus. Following are examples of how the LVC 
community has joined together on imaginative work that 
enriches the College and the world beyond its campus. 

"Sammy's Physical Therapy Adventure" 
Taps Four Departments to Help Kids 

Dr. Michael Fink, assistant professor of physical therapy, 
was a frustrated consumer. "I was looking for a book about 
physical therapy that could speak to pediatric patients going 
through physical therapy — any patient below the age of 10," 
he explained. "I looked in all the bookstores and researched 
it extensively, but I could not find a single book written for a 
child that described what a physical therapist does." 

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and this was 
certainly true for Fink. Not finding the book he was searching 
for, he thought, "Why not create one?" 

Fink teamed up with Dr. Katie Oriel, associate professor of 
physical therapy, who served as a project advisor, and enlisted 
two students from her community-based physical therapy class 
to help. "The PT students were great as content experts," said 
Fink. "But we also needed people to illustrate and digitize, and 
we didn't yet have the language experts necessary to make the 
material 'kid friendly/" 

That's when Fink realized he had a great interdisciplinary project 
at hand. "We have a strong Education Department at LVC, and 
they know how to effectively communicate to kids. So I spoke 
with Dr. Jane Yingling [associate professor of education] who 
recruited three elementary education students to help us with 
reading level, sentence syntax, and word structure," said Fink. 
"Then I spoke with Michael Pittari [chair and associate professor 
of art & art history] about illustrating the book. He recommended 
three additional students who became involved in the illustrations. 
Mat Samuel [assistant professor of digital communications] 
suggested a student who could embed color into the line drawings 
as well as digitize the book to enable us to create an e-book." At 
that point, Fink applied for and received an Arnold Grant to 
provide stipends for the students to work on the book during the 
summer and to move the book through the publishing process. 

Fink was happy to see so many different departments 
involved in producing the book. "The students really began to 
appreciate those with skill sets very different than their own, 
and the value that can be added from outside disciplines," he 
said. "They learned how to work as a team. One of the biggest 
challenges for the students was meeting deadlines set by the 
students in other disciplines — the evolution of peer-to-peer 
accountability was really interesting to observe. The students 
also developed great leadership skills as project managers 
and learned how to create buy-in for the project at different 
levels — how to create enthusiasm while getting things done." 

Not unexpectedly, the biggest learning curve was communi- 
cation — not only breaking down technical language to a child's 
reading level, but doing what Fink called 'discipline cross-talk.' 
"V/hen physical therapists talk to one another, we use medical 
jargon that is foreign to non-physical therapists," he explained. 
"The same is true of other disciplines, so we had to find a way 
to all speak a common language." 

Fink was also impressed by the skill and enthusiasm the 
students brought to the project. "We as faculty saw some skills 
and talents in our students that we didn't know were there," 
he said. "I don't think we realized how much creative energy 
our students really have. I think all of us in each of our 
respective domains were impressed by what the students 
brought to the table." 

The book, with the working title "Sammy's Physical Therapy 
Adventure," features cartoon animals that help explain the 
physical therapy experience to young children. Fink hopes to 
have the book published by the end of the school year and to 
include production of a companion coloring book as well. 



Rewarding Close Reacting and Analysis: 
The "Valley Humanities Review" 

Dr. Laura Eldred, assistant professor of English, is the founder 
and editor of the "Valley Humanities Review", an international 
journal devoted to publishing the best undergraduate scholarship 
in philosophy, art & art history, literature, history, religion, and 
languages. "Part of our goal in conceiving the journal was to forge 
and clarify ties between all of these fields," Eldred said. "Its about 
reading and understanding and interpreting texts, whether they're 
art or religious texts or works of literature. The journal rewards 
those who can show those skills in close reading and analysis 
that are key to the humanities." 

The journals interdisciplinary editorial board is 
comprised of student-faculty pairs representing 
each discipline within the humanities. Each pair 
collaborates to develop selection criteria within their 
discipline, as well as review submissions, select works, 
and edit papers for publication. "Its a high-impact 
experience for the student-editors," noted Eldred. 
"It s also a professionalizing experience, because the 
students learn what counts as exemplary research in 
their field." 
The journal, which is supported this year by an 
Arnold Grant, publishes one online issue each spring 
and awards annual scholarships for the best submissions 
by a high school student and by an LVC student. The 
entire editorial board comes together to choose the 
scholarship winners. 

Founded in 2008, the "Valley Humanities Review" is 
growing a reputation for publishing quality work. "We Ve 
received more than 200 submissions," said Eldred. "They've 
represented a wide range of fields and schools, including 
Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and institutions 
in the U.K. Were proud of the quality of our journal — 
undergraduates in the humanities can do really important 

Faculty joining Eldred on the journals editorial team 
include Dr. Richard Chamber I in, associate professor 
of French and German; Dr. Mary Pettice, associate 

Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean 
of the faculty, and Dr. Robert Valgenti, associate professor of 
philosophy and chair of the Colloquium Committee 

24 Lebanon Valley college 

professor of English; Dr. Michael Schroeder, assistant 
professor of history; Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of 
art history; Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor of English 
and director of general education; and Dr. Robert Valgenti, 
associate professor of philosophy. 

Several students are involved with the review including Megan 
Harris '13, Rachel Heenan '13, Jenna Dutton '13, and Anthony 
Feudale '13 who serve as editors. Ally Stengel '13, student 
copy editor; Ashlyn Dininni '13, student intern; and Samantha 
Shimp '15, student web developer, also work on the review. 

Interdisciplinary Study at LVC 

From its annual Colloquium Series to its many 
interdisciplinary student-faculty research projects, the College 
seeks to nurture an intellectual community where both 
students and faculty are encouraged to build connections 
across departmental borders. 

This fluid academic environment is critical to training great 
minds to do great work in today s world, where life's challenges 
are increasingly multidisciplinary. Inculcating these skills 
is precisely where the liberal arts tradition has always been 
strong, said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic 
affairs and dean of the faculty. 

"At the very center of the liberal arts tradition is the ability 
to look at issues from many different viewpoints and not be 
narrow in your focus," he said. "At LVC we make a point of 
developing courses, projects, and high-impact experiences that 
are designed to encourage students to draw from different 
aspects of their education and different aspects of their lives." 

Furthermore, this collaborative, collegial ethos of Lebanon 
Valley College faculty tends to be self-perpetuating, Green 
noted. "There are very specific kinds of faculty who are 
attracted to LVC," he said. "They don't want to be in a silo. 
They dont want to just live within their departments. They 
enjoy interacting and find it stimulating as teachers." Green 
pointed to a recent essay, "MacLeish, Oppenheimer, and the 
Conquest of America," published in the journal "Soundings" 
by Dr. Michael Day, professor of physics and engineering 
program director, and Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor 
of English and director of general education. The essay 
examining the work of poet Archibald MacLeish and physicist 
Robert Oppenheimer is based on archival research, which 
the two conducted at the Library of Congress. "That kind of 
collaboration from an English professor and a physics professor 
is not something that you find very often," Green noted. "It 
speaks to the spirit of this place — the spirit of the liberal arts 
crossing that divide between departments." 

Christine Brandt Little is a freelance writer 
from Gettysburg. 


Board Officers 

Dr. Lynn G. Phillips '68 
George M. Reider Jr. '63 
Katherine J. Bishop 
Harry B.Yost '62 
Beth Esler 

Deborah R. Fullam '81 
George J. King '68 


Vice Chair 

Vice Chair 


Assistant Secretary 



2011-2012 Board Members 

Kristen R. Angstadt '74, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area Intermediate 
Unit #15 

Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S. 

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairperson, 
Lebanon Seaboard Corporation 

Edward D. Breen, B.S. 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics 

Terence C. Brown '78, B.S. 

President, Brown Technology Group 

The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div. 
Senior Pastor, Historic St. George's United Methodist 
Church in Old City Philadelphia 

Wesley T. Dellinger '75, P'05, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP 

Director, Lebanon Operations, Brownstone Real Estate 

Susanne Harley Dombrowski '83, B.S., C.RA. 

Principal and Shareholder, Brown Schultz Sheridan & 

Geret R DePiper '68, B.A. 

Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, 
CSXWorldTerminals, LLC 

Ronald J. Dmevich, B.S. 

Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman 
of the Board, Capital Blue Cross 

Renee Fritz '13 

Student Trustee, LVC 

James G. Glasgow Jr. '81, B.S., M.B.A. 

Managing Director/Portfolio Manager, Five Mile Capital 
Partners, Inc. 

Robert E. Harbaugh '74, B.A., M.D. 

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, 
Director of the Penn State Hershey Neuroscience 
lnstitute,The Pennsylvania State University College 
of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 

Marc A. Harris, B.A., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Chemistry, LVC 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed. 

Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc. 

John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S. 

Retired Vice President, SolutionTechnologies, Inc. 

George J. King '68, B.S., C.RA. 

President, RWS Energy Services 

Malcolm L. Lazin '65, B.S., J.D. 

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum 

Stephen C. MacDonald, B.A., Ph.D. 

President, LVC 

Daniel K. Meyer '81, B.A., M.D. 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ Robert Wood 
Johnson Medical School, and Program Director, 
Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Cooper 
University Hospital 

Carroll "Skip" L. Missimer '76, '79, B.A., B.S., 
M.S., Ph.D. 

Global Director for Environmental Affairs, RH. Glatfelter 

Chester Q. Mosteller '75, B.S. 

President and Founder, Mosteller & Associates 

Stephen M. Nelson '84, B.S. 

Chief Financial Officer, Haines and Kibblehouse, Inc. 

Renee Lapp Norris, B.A., M.M., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Music, LVC 

John S. Oyler, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC 

Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. 

Former Chief Administration Officer and Director, Aresty 
Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School of 
the University of Pennsylvania 

George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S. 

Former Insurance Commissioner, Retired, State of 
Connecticut, and Retired Professor, University of 
Connecticut and Fordham University of Law 

Jeffrey W. Robbins, B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. 

Chair of Religion and Philosophy, Professor of 
Religion, LVC 

Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S. 

Chief Executive Officer, Echo Data Group 

Elliott Robinson, B.S. 

Vice President, Administration, Milton Hershey School 

Elyse E. Rogers '76, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, Saidis, Sullivan & Rogers 

Tracey Smith Stover '91, B.A., M.B.A. 

Partner & Global Leader, Chemicals, 

Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D. 

Arbitrator, National Arbitration Center 

Ryan H.Tweedie '93, B.S. 

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Sapien, LLC 

Elizabeth R. Unger '72, B.S., M.D., Ph.D. 

Anatomical Pathologist and Research Team Leader, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Scott N. Walck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 
Chair and Professor of Physics, LVC 


Albertine R Washington H'97, B.A., RD. 

Retired Educator, Lebanon School District 

Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com. 

President, Delta Packaging, Inc. 

Hairy B.Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LLM. 

Senior Partner, Appel &Yost, LLP 

Kelly E. Zimmerman '12 

StudentTrustee, LVC 


Edward H. Arnold H'87, B.A., L.H.D. 

Chairman, Arnold Logistics 

Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LL.B. 

Realtor; Commercial and Industrial Developer 

Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., L.H.D. 

Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de Nemours 
and Co. 

Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S. 

Retired Owner/President, CIB Inc. 

Martin L Gluntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 
Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey 
International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation 

Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A. 

Retired Business Executive 

♦The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the 
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace 
United Methodist Church, Carlisle 

William Lehr Jr., B.B.A., J.D. 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross 

♦Kenneth H. Plummer 

Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, Inc. 

Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., LH.D. 

Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc. 

Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S. 

Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines 

The Rev. Daniel L Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church 

Morton Spector H'02, P'79 

Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC 

Elizabeth K.Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci. 

Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism andToxicology 
Branch, National Cancer Institute 

Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci. 

Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc. 

The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., 
D.D., H.D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, Former District 
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern 
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 


Suzanne H. Arnold H'96, LH.D. 

Community Leader and Philanthropist 

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson '75, B.A., M.Div., D.Min. 

Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of 
The United Methodist Church 

F. Obai Kabia '73, P'99, P'OO, P'02, B.S., M.RA. 

Retired Political Affairs Officer, United Nations 

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, B.A., M.Div. 

Bishop of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of 
The United Methodist Church 

Publication Staff 

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications: 
Martin J. Parkes 

Editor: Dr. Tom Hanrahan 

Editorial Staff: Kelly Alsedek, Lauren Baran '12, D'14; 
Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, M'11, P'14; Becky Fullmer; 
Meghan Johnson; Christine Brandt Little; Emily 
Summey; Alyssa Wiekrykas '16, D'18; and Anita Williams 

Writer: Christine Brandt Little 

Designer: Tom Casta nzo, Afire Creative Group 

Photography: Dennis Crews, president and feature; Don 
Hamerman, cover and inside cover; Bill Johnson, Dustin 
Kerns '09; and Matthew Lester, Drs. Ed and Jeanne 

On the Cover 

Ellen Adams '10 adjusts the position of a graphite 
sample in the ultrahigh vacuum chamber in the 
Neidig-Garber Science Center. LVC is one of only a 
handful of liberal arts colleges in the United States 
with an ultrahigh vacuum chamber, which allows 
students and faculty to collaborate on surface science 
research related to astrobiology. 

2011-2012 Honor Roll of Donors 

To see a list of all donors to the College during 
the 2011-2012 academic year— friends and alumni 
spanning generations of supporters— please visit All of us at 
Lebanon Valley College thank you for your generosity 
and service, and for helping make Lebanon Valley 
College what it is today. 


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Tuition and Fees (net of institutional 

financial aid) 



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Gifts and Private Grants 



Endowment / Investment Income 



Auxiliary Enterprises 



Interest on Loans 



Gains on Property and Investments, Net 



Total Revenue and Other Additions 






Educational and General: 




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Public Services 



Operation and Maintenance of Plant 



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Total Expenditures and Other Deductions $50,553,467 

Change in Net Assets (345,228) 

Net Assets Beginning of Year $ 1 1 3,942, 1 84 

Net Assets End of Year $ 1 13,596,956 

Source: 2011-12 audited financial statements, ParenteBeard, LLC 



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